Dentistry in the Lost Lands is not a popular career choice.
"I... am TUROK!"
is a Comic Book
hero, a Pre-Columbian Navajo Warrior, who debuted in late 1954. Turok and his friend Andar accidentally fall into a valley full of dinosaurs
and struggle to survive and find their way out. In 1956, Turok got his own title, Turok: Son of Stone
, originally published by Dell Comics
, but later by Gold Key Comics
. Then he had another series in the 1990s after the character was acquired by Jim Shooter
's Valiant Comics
; it was there that the nature of the valley (and Turok's role in it) were expanded.
In the Valiant series, 'Turok' was not a name, but a title: The Turok was the eldest male in the Fireseed Family whose job it was to close the portal from Earth to the Lost Lands; a Strange, Dark world where an Evil Tyrant named Mothergod had created an army of Bio-mechanical dinosaurs to do her bidding. Though Tal'Set Fireseed, the first Turok, closed the portal, he and his brother Andar ended up After the End
in a Scavenger World
instead of in their own time. Mothergod, unfortunately, had followed them back with a group of Bio-mechanical Dinosaurs; and, enlisting the aid of other tyrannical figures in this Post-Apocalyptic Nightmare World had vowed to finally hunt down and kill Tal'Set and Andar.
A popular series of Turok
video game adaptations began in 1997.
2008 saw the release of an animated Direct-to-Video
movie called Turok: Son of Stone
based on the comic series of the same name. The animation was done in Timm Style
(one of the film's 3 directors directed the DTV movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
), however unlike the original comic it was considerably darker and gorier with High-Pressure Blood
and dismembered limbs a-plenty.
A reboot of the comic headed by Dark Horse Comics
(responsible for other recent Gold Key/Valiant reboots such as Solar, Man of the Atom
and Magnus Robot Fighter
) started in 2010. In 2014 Dynamite Entertainment acquired the rights and started a series written by Greg Pak.
Turok contains the following tropes:
- Anachronism Stew: Averted, as the Dinosaurs, Demons and Aliens were all interdimensional travellers (albeit involuntary ones); and not simply different things from different time periods together for no reason.
- Played straight in the Dynamite Entertainment series which mixes Dinosaurs, Crusade-era knights, Mongols, and even Robin Hood.
- Bad Ass: You have to be, to bear the mantle of Turok.
- Badass Native: Tal'Set Fireseed.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The main storyline has to do with the job of an ancient warrior trying to keep The Omniverse from collapsing; using his ancient wisdom to survive in a dark, alien land. They could just have easily have come up with some pretty strange creatures for the Lost Lands; but Bio-mechanical Dinosaurs were apparently better fitting.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: How do you make Genghis Khan even more baddass? The Dynamite Entertainment series gave him an army of dinosaurs and a Pteranodon riding daughter.
- Long Runner: The original Turok comic book ran for 26 years, and was almost entirely written by one man, Paul S. Newman (the Guinness-confirmed most-prolific comics writer).
- Retcon: Turning "Indians Turok and Andar lost in a Dinosaur Valley" into "Tal'Set Fireseed/Josh Fireseed/Danielle Fireseed must become 'TuRoK': The title of a mysterious dimension-hopping Navajo Warrior fighting Genetically Engineered Dinosaurs, Shape-shifting Devils and Bio-Mechanical Aliens with High-tech weapons on a post-apocalyptic, 'After the End' alternate version of Earth where "Time has No Meaning".
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Bows were the only weapons in the Turok: the Son of Stone comics.